University of South Carolina

Annual Tigerburn held Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The history and tradition of Tigerburn dates back to the Gamecock mascot's first appearance in 1902. That year, Carolina defeated a highly favored Clemson 12-6. But it was the full-scale riot that broke out in the wake of the game that’s remembered most.

Reports suggest Carolina fans were carrying around a poster with the image a gamecock standing atop a tiger, holding the tiger’s tail and steering the tiger by the tail. Naturally, Clemson fans didn’t like that and suggested that USC fans should leave the poster at home during Friday's parade celebrating the winner of Thursday's game. Of course, the Carolina students brought the poster to the parade.

A brawl broke out and both sides agreed to burn the poster in an effort to diffuse tensions. The Carolina-Clemson game has been played every year since, and every year, each school burns an object that represents its rival. This year’s tiger will be built by the student group, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and expected to reach heights of nearly 20 feet.

Tigerburn will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 21) at the intramural field at 743 Greene St. near the Colonial Life Arena and is free and open to the public.

Posted: 11/21/11 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/21/11 @ 8:36 AM | Permalink